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ESA readies LISA, Weather satellite explodes in space, and a hint on Jeff Bezos' plans....

1 Dec 2015, 09:47 UTC
ESA readies LISA, Weather satellite explodes in space, and a hint on Jeff Bezos' plans....
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Lisa Pathfinder mission gets ready to flyThe LISA pathfinder mission will test the technology to (possibly!) detect gravitational waves, one of the last unconfirmed predictions of Einstein's theory of general relativity - finding them or ruling them out could severely change our understanding of the Universe. So it's no surprise that the mission controllers have been training hard to run the mission, and are eagerly awaiting its launch. They completed their final dress rehearsal late last week, and the mission will lift off on a Vega rocket on the second of December. It will be stationed a Lagrange point, a gravitational plateau in space. Above: Infographic of LISA's mission, courtesy of ESA.Space mining law may violate international treatyA US law that was welcomed by proponents of mining objects in space, because it began to set a legal frame work for claiming ownership of goods derived from in space mining, may be in breach of international treaties, a group of lawyers have stated.Ram Jakhu, a professor at McGill University's institute of air and space law, told the Canadian Broadcast Company he thinks the new law is direct violation of the treaty. "My view is that natural resources [in space] should not be allowed ...

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